2 Day South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Glacier Hike & DC-3 Plane Wreck Tour

2 Day South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Glacier Hike & DC-3 Plane Wreck Tour
The gorgeous Diamond Beach on Iceland's South Coast is a sight not to be missed
A glacier hike offers unmatched views over Iceland's magnificent vistas.
The DC-3 plane wreck lies in the Sólheimasandur desert on the South Coast of Iceland.
2 Day South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Glacier Hike & DC-3 Plane Wreck Tour
2 Day South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Glacier Hike & DC-3 Plane Wreck Tour
2 Day South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Glacier Hike & DC-3 Plane Wreck Tour
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Engage in the magnificent beauty of Iceland on this two-day tour on the South Coast. You will see a variety of incredible features such as waterfalls, black beaches, strange rock formations as well as having an opportunity to hike on a glacier.

This tour is perfect for those with a few days in Iceland but who want to see and do as much as possible, including seeing the 'Crown Jewel of Iceland', Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Not only can you delight in the natural attractions but you will also travel to the DC-3 plane wreck in the black desert Sólheimassandur.

You will travel on a minibus and enjoy a more intimate group size so you can spend longer time appreciating the attractions rather than regrouping with your fellow passengers. It also means you more opportunities to speak with your experienced guide, should you have any questions.

Your journey will begin in Reykjavík. As you head out of town on the Ring-Road, you can admire the dramatic black lava fields surrounding the capital area. Your first stops will be at the iconic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógasfoss. You will also see the famous Reynisfjara black beach and all of its intriguing geological features.

Other sights you can look forward to including the stunning icebergs floating on the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón as well as upon the black sands of the Diamond Beach. To top off your experience, you will also go for a glacier hike to enjoy the serene quiet icy landscapes of the mountains.

Your accommodation for the evening is taken care of and this minibus experience releases you from all concerns about driving. If you're travelling in the summer, you can enjoy all of this under the magnetic Midnight Sun or in the winter, you can look forward to the possibility of the Northern Lights.

Embark on this tour to enjoy Iceland's South Coast and for the unique opportunity to traverse across one of Europe's largest glaciers. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, South Coast, Diamond Beach, DC3 Plane Wreck
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up starts 8am and might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully if you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

Included:
  • Professional and fun English speaking guide

  • Glacier Hike

  • Minibus Transfer

  • One night of accommodation in a Hotel (breakfast included)

  • Boat ride on Jökulsárlón

  • Lunch & Dinner


What to bring:
  • Hiking shoes (with slip resistance sole in the winter)

  • Rain Gear


Good to know:

Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.

Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.

We recommended that you pack a small suitcase for this tour. Luggage storage is available for free if you bring it to the pick up location.

We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles and ankle protection. Hiking boots are is available as an extra when booking.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - South Coast and Glacier Lagoon


The magnificent Reynisfjara Beach.


Once you have been picked up in Reykjavík, you will join the Ring Road to begin your exploration of the South Coast. The first stops will be the magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss which tumble down from impressive heights of the Southern Highland interior.

From there you'll stop at the black sands of Sólheimasandur to explore a wreckage of a plane that crashed here in the 70s. Don't worry, nobody got hurt in the crash. However, the wreck now serves as a great photographic location as the lone plane is surrounded by nothing but black sand. 

You will then be transported to the black shores of Reynisfjara beach known for its dramatic basalt columns and sea stacks rumoured to be the petrified remains of greedy trolls. You will have lunch in the nearby village of Vík.

Before you retire to your hotel for the evening, you will have an opportunity to admire the 'Crown Jewel of Iceland', Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where huge, blue icebergs lazily float on the calm water before drifting out to sea.

You will spend the evening in close to the lagoon and the charming town of Höfn.


Day 2 - Glacier Expedition & Waterfalls


The view from inside an Ice Cave


You will start the day with another visit to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Every iceberg is different, and whatever the time of year you are guaranteed to be mesmerised by the elegant beauty of this vista. You will also visit the neighbouring sight, the Diamond Beach, where these icy giants sometimes wash ashore.

The main event of the day will be your chance to get up close to a glacier and hike across one yourself. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment as well as an expert guide to lead you across this brutal and barren landscape.

After a day to remember, you will be taken back to Reykjavík with many a story and photo to share.


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Amazing two days over the South Coast with Troll Expeditions and with Hinrik, our guide. I still cannot believe how lucky we were with the weather, clear and blue sky all the time. He made the journey very pleasant, telling us stories and playing some Icelandic music. We visited in this order: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, the small village of Vík where we stopped for lunch, then a quick stop at the Scenic Green Lava Walk and then we went straight to the Skaftafell glacier hike, which was by far the most amazing experience I had in Iceland. He decided this order because an activity like this is much better in a sunny day. Then after, we went to have dinner and sleep in the Hotel Smyrlabjörg, where we climb a little hill at night to try to see the Aurora (unfortunately we didn't see much). The second day started in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Diamond Beach, we stopped later in the small waterfall of Foss a Sidu, then the black beach of Reynisfjara and then one of the places that most dissapointed me somehow, the DC-3 Plane Wreck in Solheimasandur. Yes, I was very excited about this, and I'm sure it's a magical a mystical place, that plane in the middle of the black desert, the silence... well, only spoiled by the instagrammers adn their obssession with photoshoots. In the way back to Reykjavik, we stopped in the Rutshellir Cave. I think that at least Hinrik, David, Vicky and me managed to make a very familiar little group and enjoy the trip. I totally recommend this tour, the glacier hike is a must and you don't need any previous experience!
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This tour was great, but I was made great by our guide. The description that we received from Guide to Iceland didn't explain the tour or the activities fully. There wasn't any explanation about WHY anyone would want to see an airplane that crashed 40 years ago! Why would people travel to Iceland want to see this hunk of metal?? Our group decided not to stop and spend out time seeing the beauty of the country instead. Also, there was a boat ride in the glacier lagoon that we were not told about ahead of time. Our guide was nice enough to arrange tickets for us so that we could join the other people on our bus who DID sign up for this ahead of time. The communication from Guide to Iceland was disappointing. As I said before, the tour was great, because our guide made it great! Also, you need to modify your survey format. Narrative boxes will not get you the information that you are looking for. This is a VERY time consuming way to share feedback.
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Really great tour! Saw so many cool places and it was nice that our group was only 5 people so it was chill. Weather was great. Would recommend this one
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Impressive itinerary. We were lucky to have such great weather during the two days - blue skies, sun, and also some rain! Thankful to Siggi for his professionalism during the 2-day tour. He shared a lot of information along the way while driving us to the different sites. He was also very encouraging and supportive to me especially for the bike ride to the DC-3 plane wreck when I told him I was not exactly good at riding the bike. This tour is definitely worth it!
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Siggi is the ultimate guide, IMHO. He's knowledgeable, mountain climber, king of the (Icelandic) road, wise, and kind. I always felt we were in good hands throughout the two-day tour. I feel like I found a friend in Iceland.
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We LOVED our 2 day tour with Siggi! We had some car trouble on the start of day 2, but Siggi handled this beautifully and despite being stranded for almost an hour, he made sure we still made it to every one of our stops that day. We didn't feel rushed & we were even able to catch the sunset at Seljalandsfoss! From the glacier hike to the bike ride out to the abandoned DC-3 plane, my husband and I both agreed it was a WONDERFUL way to spend our honeymoon!
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We had a wonderful time on this 2 day tour to the south coast. Our guide was Asdis and she was outstanding, she took great care of all 17 of us and drove very safely and knew everything about Iceland and told us lots of interesting facts and pointed out so many sights too. We had bad weather not eh 2nd day which caused us to have to skip the bike ride out to see the plane wreck but Asdis added many interesting stops instead of the cancelled stop so everyone was happy. The min bus was very nice and having the wifi was great too. When we return to Iceland another time (I'm hoping to bring the rest of my family back next time), we will definitely book with Guide to Iceland again and I'd love to have Asdis as our tour guide again in the future.
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I just got back from this 2-day tour with my nephew and I must say that it was AMAZING!! Our tour guide, Borys, was fantastic; he was personable, funny and he really made the trip extra special. He told us fascinating stories, played us Icelandic music and shared with us many personal anecdotes which made us feel like we were truly being immersed in the culture of the Icelandic people. The glacier hike was bucket-list material—WOW!! We all filled our water bottles with glacial water. Yummy! The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was magical. We were there in the early evening—the mountains and the water were glistening from the setting sun and there were seals everywhere! My best photos came from the glacier lagoon (and the diamond beach). We stayed overnight at the lovely Hotel Jokull, arriving quite late. Borys made sure that the hotel restaurant stayed open for us so we could all enjoy a late night dinner. The restaurant even prepared a special vegan meal for my nephew and I, as there were no vegan meals on their normal menu. It was great and much appreciated! Side note: eating vegan in Iceland was EASY! There were vegan food options everywhere we stopped along the tour. Also, Borys took us all for a walk after dinner to look for northern lights. That is not part of the official tour but he did it anyway. And we saw them!! Breathtaking. During our tour, the weather for us was shockingly good, mostly sun and cloud (September) with one exception: our fat-tire bike ride along the black sands beach. We got hit with a deluge of hard rain and wind part way through our bike ride. But, crazy as this sounds, this was actually my favourite part of our trip, LOL. We got absolutely PELTED with rain and blasted with bits of blowing sand from the beach but it was so fun and funny that I couldn't stop laughing even as I was being blown over sideways on my bike. I kept thinking, "now this is ICELAND!!!". After about 30 minutes of fat-bike cycling, Borys got us safely back to our little bus. We changed into dry cozy clothes and Borys cranked the heat—all was good!!! Those are the stories you remember. Well, there you have it, I would definitely recommend this tour!! Every ounce of it was special. Thank you to Troll Expeditions and thank you to Borys!!
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This tour was perfect - I loved how they took you all the way out first, then part-way back to stay in lovely little Vik, and then leisurely worked the way back to Reykjavik the second day - I had pictured a long drive back the second day - it was very well planned. Our guide took us to extra stops and showed us things we never would have seen had we driven ourselves. Worth every penny and the highlight - the bikes to ride to the plane wreck. What a treat. Or was it the Glacier Lagoon. Or the glacier hike. Or the waterfalls. Or maybe the beaches. No, for me it was those bikes. Absolutely perfect tour.
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Great tour! Our guide Vala is knowledgeable, interesting, fun, and a very nice and warm person as well. The glacier guides were also top-notch.
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